Access to Higher Education Healthcare Professions Diploma
This course has a strong emphasis on the skills required of workers in the health service such as nursing, social work or midwifery.
The course is designed to provide entry to University and is worth between 48 and 144 UCAS points (for September entry), depending on the grade you achieve. The course is suitable for mature students who have been out of full-time education for at least one year and do not have the relevant qualifications for entry to higher education.
We have a new clinical skill lab, where you will be able to undertake practical units such as clinical skills, counselling and understanding the patient journey.
You will attend college three days a week between 9.30am and 3pm usually Monday - Wednesday.
The lesson structure is relaxed and informal with an emphasis on participation including discussions, seminars and individual and group research. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will support you with your studies and personal development.
The course covers a wide range of subjects including:
- Clinical Skills
- Understanding the Patient Journey
- Approaches to Counselling
- Listening Skills for Health Professionals
- Cell Biology
- Blood, Circulation and Gaseous Exchange for Healthcare
- Disease and Body Defence
- Nutrition and Digestion
- Musculoskeletal System
- Reproductive Biology for Healthcare
- Applications of Biology for Midwives
- Drugs and Food Additives
- Child Development
- Research Project
- Understanding Mental Health
- You need to be aged 19+ from the beginning of September.
- GCSE English and maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)
If you do not have either maths or English you can complete this in addition to the Access to Higher Education course. You will be required to undertake an initial BKSB English or maths assessment as well as an English written task to assess your ability to complete this course successfully. If you pass the initial English/ maths assessment, you will be required to enrol on Level 2 Functional Skills English or maths to undertake this alongside your Access to Higher Education course. This qualification is required by all Universities so is compulsory for you to pass this to successfully progress to University.
There will be numerous assignment tasks such as presentations, posters, essays and short tests throughout the course and no end-of-course examinations.